Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past, without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck.
Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive; he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his young self to be a good copper, and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion. There's a problem, though: if he wins, he's got no wife, no child, no future.
This is a Discworld Tale of One City, with a full chorus of street urchins, rebels, secret policemen, and other children of the revolution.
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"Stephen Briggs's voices add dimension to the characters while avoiding exaggeration. He brings out the satire without compromising the subtlety of the humor....The series is meant to be read aloud." (AudioFile)
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"My favorite Pratchett"
This is my favorite Pratchett and it is superbly read by Stephen Briggs, his versions of Vimes & Vetinari are excellent
"Very good! "
Terry Pratchett is at his best with this 'ere book ! Well done yay! ,
Great book, I have a HUGE crush on Sam Vimes!! The story is a little darker that others, but not necessarily a negative.
"My favourite book and Audiobook"
Sam Vimes is my favourite Discworld character and this is by far the best story of said character. Don't miss out on trying this.
RIP sir Pratchett.
A man is never truly forgotten while memories of his accomplishments live on - Mark Ewbank
"Stephen Briggs really brings this book to life."
Stephen Briggs really brings this book to life. He is Vimes, Noddy, Colon and Carrot. A fantastic narration of a brilliant book.
"love TErry and vimes is a brilliant character"
performance excellent and dare I say it, better than Tony Robinson.
great story focused on the watch!
"one of the best"
Widely regarded as one of the best Discworld books that exists. It has everything; humour, gripping story line, subtle philosophy etc
"Back to the Future meets the City Watch"
This, along with Thud!, is one of the deepest City Watch stories. Thrown into his own past against his will, Sam Vimes has to use every trick in the book to resolve the revolution brewing in the streets all while finding a way back to his own time. If you like the bits from previous City Watch stories where we get to see the inner workings of Vimes' head, you're in for a treat with this one. Bar the opening scenes, most of the book is like a running stream of consciousness as we follow Vimes on this truly dangerous adventure where he is practically having to go it alone and may never get to see his old life, assuming he even survives.
Briggs is a solid narrator and brings sincere respect to his performance of the material.
I don't want to spoil anything. Let's just say that Vimes already knows who is going to make it through the revolution and it's not pretty seeing any of it come to fruition.
If you're this far in, I'm going to assume you've listened to the other City Watch books. If not, then at least Google "Ankh Morpork City Watch" or at least try Men at Arms or Guards! Guards! first. I think some of the gravitas of this book would be ruined without knowledge of what has come before.
really great book, excellent reading, really enjoyed the way the characters were bought to life.
"Possibly the best Pratchett book?"
Ok so the title says it all I like this book, but it's Commander Vimes at his best highly recommend
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